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The Penderwicks : a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interes
Jeanne Birdsall
Children's Fiction BIRDSAL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Ah, summertime and the living is easy-even if it's off to a rough start-in this sprightly audio edition of Birdsall's debut novel, which won the National Book Award. The Penderwick family, consisting of four daughters, their widower dad and family pet Hound, are at a loss when the cottage they routinely rent on Cape Cod each summer is sold. They luck into a new situation, however, staying at a cottage on the grounds of a mansion in the Berkshires, and their adventurous holiday provides the plot here. Mrs. Tifton, owner of the manse is rather chilly to the Penderwick clan, but her son Jeffrey proves to be an ideal playmate. Listeners fond of gentle stories of closely-knit families and innocent fun will flock to this recording. Denaker is perfect in the role of kindly narrator, though she's less so in the sometimes grating voices of little sister Batty and Latin-spouting Mr. Penderwick. Nonetheless, her performance captures the appealing, timeless nature of the tale. Ages 8-12. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Also making an appearance are a lonely young boy and a dependable yet dopey dog. Birdsall excels in developing characters, and her motley crew grows and develops in intriguing ways in this deeply enjoyable story of family and friendship. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Rosalind Penderwick
Age: 12
The eldest sister; mother figure; in love with the gardener at the estate they are staying at during the summer.

Skye Penderwick
Age: 11
Fierce and hot tempered; second oldest of the sisters; becomes friends with Jeffrey.

Jane Penderwick
Age: 10
Aspiring writer; the middle sister; dreamy; romantic.

Batty Penderwick
Age: 4
Youngest sister; always wearing butterfly wings; family dog is her protector.

Mrs. Tifton
Landlady of the mansion that the Penderwicks are staying at.

Jeffrey Tifton
Brilliant pianist; mother rents out a cottage to the Penderwick family; becomes friends with the Penderwick sisters; his mother is intent on him going to military school.

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